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SDHC Celebrates 45th at the Festival!

Thank you to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, presenters, exhibitors, host cities of Deadwood, Rapid City, Sturgis and Lead and everyone else who made the 2017 Festival of Books a success!

The 2018 event will be held in Brookings in September 2018. Details will be announced on the Festival of Books website as they are confirmed. 



Thank You For Your Support

Thank you for your continued support of the humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities, a major source of SDHC funding, received a $1.9 million budget increase for FY 2017. However, in its comprehensive FY 2018 budget, the Trump administration requested that Congress appropriate approximately $42 million to NEH for "the orderly closure of the agency. 

Please visit our advocacy page to find out how you can advocate for the humanities. We'll need your support as we face this next challenge. 



  1. One night this past January, I decided to re-read "The Things They Carried" and a book of short stories by Ernest Hemingway. Continue Reading

  2. The state’s premier literary event, the South Dakota Festival of Books, celebrated its 15th year Sept. 20-21 in Rapid City and Sept. 22-24 in Deadwood. Continue Reading

  3. The heroines in Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books are known for their various journeys in life. This week, an internationally-published romance novelist journeys to the Black Hills to entertain Festival of Books fans. Continue Reading

  4. September 18, 2017

    Robert Olen Butler’s military service in Vietnam informs much of his most recognized writing. Continue Reading

Programs & Events

8:40 am | Dacotah Prairie Museum
12:00 pm | Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center
7:00 pm | The BrickHouse
7:00 pm | Marcus P. Beebe Memorial Library
6:00 pm | Beresford Public Library
3:00 pm | SDPB - Black Hills Bureau
6:00 pm | SDPB - Black Hills Bureau
7:00 pm | K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library

South Dakota Humanities Council

The South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. Our vision is to "lead statewide advocacy for the humanities, working with other partners to foster literary and civic engagement." This programming vision forms the core mission:

The South Dakota Humanities Council celebrates literature, promotes civil conversation, and tells the stories that define our state.

The goal should be that everybody gets a chance to read great books and participate in the richness that humanities brings us.
- Bill Gates (founder and Chairman, Microsoft)